Festival News

The 13th London Korean Film Festival Has Ended

27 November 2018

The 13th London Korean Film Festival has now ended.

We'd like to give a huge 'Thank You' to everyone who attended the fantastic screenings and events we had on offer in 2018. The festival proved a huge success, with a big increase in audience numbers, as film fans fully engaged with the festival's Special Focus: A Slice of Everyday Life and the diverse spectrum of Korean cinema from across decades & genres that we had on offer. This year the festival hosted over 50 films and brought a number of filmmakers, both seasoned veterans and exciting up-and-comers, to the UK along with some world-renowned film critics. Festival-goers were given the opportunity to engage directly with these guests at a wide range of Q&As, Masterclasses, 'In Conversation' events and more.

You can see images from all this year's events here.

Thank you so much for your support and please join us in the new year when we return with more Korean Cinema.

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DVD Prizes at LKFF 2018 Screenings!

06 November 2018

We have 3 excellent prizes to giveaway at the following screenings:


Wed 07 Nov, 6:30pm - Picturehouse Central

Attend our final Women's Voices screening of riveting documentary Grown Up for a chance to grab a fantastic '20 Short Films by Korean Female Directors' DVD boxset.

Hong Sangsoo Double Bill:


Thurs 08 Nov, 6:30pm/9pm - Regent Street Cinema

We have 2 copies of Arrow Academy's wonderful Blu-ray 'Two Films By Hong Sangsoo: Woman is the Future & Tale of Cinema' to give away at each of our Hong screenings.

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TIME CHANGE: Alive + Q&A Park Jungbum - Tues 13 Nov, 6:30pm

06 November 2018

The start time for our Tuesday 13th November screening of 'Alive + Q&A Dir. Park Jungbum' is incorrect on some of our flyers. the correct start time for this screening is 6:30pm.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Alive + Q&A Park Jungbum

Tuesday 13th November, 6:30pm

Regent Street Cinema

“A powerful chronicle of a simple laborer’s epic scrape for survival, Alive is taut, riveting and visually striking”- The Hollywood Reporter

Following The Journals of Musan (also showing at this year’s festival), Park Jungbum’s epic sophomore film once again focuses on the marginalised people of Korean society and rages at the system that fails them. A feature of International Film Festival Rotterdam, San Francisco International Film Festival and TOKYO FILMeX amongst many others, Alive is the story of a labourer who strives to make ends meet for his family, but cannot seem to escape from a series of calamities. “Why can I never have anything?” he screams in despair. The many spectacular locations filmed in the rural Kangwon province provide a fitting background to the exasperated character and his daily struggle to survive. Like Ken Loach and Mike Leigh before him, Park’s films stir and call his audiences into action.

After the screening, acclaimed director, writer and actor Park Jungbum joins us for a Q&A moderated by Guardian journalist Simran Hans.

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Ticket Giveaway for LKFF Fans!

02 November 2018

As a big 'Thank You' to everyone joining us at this year's festival, we'd like to invite you to our penultimate screening on the eve of the Closing Gala!

On 13th November, before our sold-out Closing Gala on the 14th, we'll be inviting celebrated auteur director Park Jungbum to the stage to present his acclaimed drama Alive. He'll be sticking around after the screening for a Q&A before joining us for a drinks reception in the bar.

To celebrate this very special night, and a favourite filmmaker of the whole LKFF team, we'd like to invite all audience members who have attended 3 or more screenings this year to join us for free!

All you have to do is keep hold of your tickets as proof of purchase and drop a line to the below email address and we'll give you a ticket to Alive on Tuesday 13th November.

Summary: Buy 3 tickets for any 3 films on this year's programme, and we'll give you a ticket to see Alive for free.

Email to enter: info@kccuk.org.uk (Please put 'Alive Free Ticket' in the Subject Line.)

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Opening Gala Tickets Available

25 September 2018

The London Korean Film Festival will launch its 13th edition on 1 November 2018 with the UK Premiere of director Jeon Go-woon's awarding winning debut feature, Microhabitat. On what is always a very special evening, we'll have director Jeon with us to talk about her film, take questions from the audience and help us celebrate the start of another fantastic festival.

Tickets to this event usually sell out, book early to avoid disappointment!

Microhabitat + Q+A with Director Jeon Go-woon

Miso (Lee Som), like many thirty-somethings, finds herself unprepared for the harsh economic realities of adulthood. Working as a housekeeper with low wages and zero job security, she struggles to pay the exorbitant rent on her cramped apartment. Miso’s spirited youth playing in a band seems a distant memory. The only modest pleasures she has left are smoking and drinking. When she can’t even afford these, Miso chooses to give up her home rather than her whisky. What might at first seem a callow choice becomes symbolic of her courageous stand for human dignity. Embarking on an odyssey through Seoul, Miso looks up her old bandmates in search of help. Writer-director Jeon has given us a potent heroine for our time in her graceful, wildly inventive debut feature tackling serious themes with style and humour. A truly original voice joins the front ranks of South Korean cinema.

Thursday 1 Nov, 6:30pm, Picturehouse Central

Booking and Info: https://www.picturehouses.com/...

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Programme Announced for the 13th London Korean Film Festival

18 September 2018

The London Korean Film Festival (LKFF) 2018 has unveiled the lineup for its 13th edition which will run from 1- 14 November in London before taking highlights around the country with the annual UK Tour. The festival will feature an in-depth Special Focus entitled A Slice of Everyday Life, along with an exciting mix of UK and International premieres, guests and events across a diverse set of strands; Cinema Now, Women's Voices, Indie Firepower, Contemporary Classics, Artists Video, Animation and Shorts. 

You can download a copy of the complete programme lineup here.

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LKFF 2018 Special Focus Announced: A Slice of Everyday Life

04 September 2018

Over the past few years the London Korean Film Festival has introduced a Special Focus to our programme. This strand is based around a specific theme that showcases relevant films, both old and new, and compliments them with in-depth discussions, roundtable events, Q&As and more. Last year we journeyed into the dark heart of Korean Cinema with 'Korean Noir, Illuminating the Dark Side of Society' while 2016 saw us explore 'The Lives of Korean Women Through the Eyes of Women Filmmakers'

This year’s Special Focus is called 'A Slice of Everyday Life'. We'll be drawing attention to familiar yet poetic stories of ordinary people from all backgrounds, and unveil the richness of daily existence.

We'll announce the full list of titles, as well as the rest of our 2018 line-up at our final Teaser Screening and Programme Launch event on Monday 17 September at Regent Street Cinema.

Tickets are available now.

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Seeking Volunteers for the London Korean Film Festival 2018

04 September 2018

The 13th London Korean Film Festival (Nov 1 – Nov 25) is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to carry out specific roles across the Festival and during the build-up.

Our volunteer programme is a good way to gain experience in a variety of areas from event
production to technical, hospitality and dignitary management, volunteers will also gain an
insight into the film festival sector and Korean culture. Depending on the shift, volunteer will
receive a meal and travel expenses when working over 4 hours on any given day. All
volunteers will receive a certificate at the end of the festival as well.

Your work will include a range of promotional activities during the pre-festival period (5 Oct
– 31 Oct) followed by preparing and assisting in events/screenings during the festival in
London (1 Nov – 14 Nov). During the festival your responsibilities will include providing
customer service to our audiences, guests and delegates, as well as runner tasks, while
volunteers available before the Opening Night (Nov 1) will have the opportunity
to shadow members of the Marketing, Events and Guest departments, taking on general office
administration tasks, helping prepare the 2018 London Korean Film Festival.

Specific working hours and duties will differ for each programme/event.

Eligibility: Over 18s

Festival Location: Central London, East and North London.

Application Procedure: Please email (info@kccuk.org.uk) with your CV and Cover Letter

Application Deadline: Friday 21 September 2018

Preference will be given to those studying in Film Departments and/or with experience from
festivals and events.

You will be expected to commit to a minimum of 6 shifts during festival time (1-14 Nov)

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Final Teaser + LKFF 2018 Programme Launch!

29 August 2018

Join us on Monday 17th September at Regent Street Cinema as we launch the 13th London Korean Film Festival with the announcement of our full programme.

LKFF 2018 will run for two weeks in London (1-14 Nov) and finish with a tour across the UK (16-25 Nov). The programme will feature the usual mix of contemporary hits fresh from the Korean box office along with our many eclectic strands including everything from indie cinema, classics, artists video, animation and more. We'll also announce the titles for this year's in depth Special Focus and some of the special events that can be found at this year's festival.

The UK Premiere of LKFF favourite Lee Kwang-kuk's A Tiger in Winter will play as the final teaser. Tickets are available now, see below for info and booking.

Tickets: https://www.regentstreetcinema...

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13th London Korean Film Festival Dates Announced: 1 - 25 November

20 August 2018

The London Korean Film Festival will return on 1st November for its 13th year.

As usual the festival will run for two weeks in London (1-14 Nov) before heading out on the road to take highlights from the programme to venues across the UK (16-25 Nov).

We'll return with our typically diverse line-up offering the best in contemporary and classic Korean cinema across a variety of unique strands.

Keep checking this site and follow us on social media to keep up to date with all upcoming announcements.

See you in November...

Facebook: @theLKFF

Twitter: @koreanfilmfest

Instagram: @london_korean_film_fest

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LKFF2018 Documentary Fortnight: Another World We Are Making

07 July 2018

London Korean Film Festival 2018 Documentary Fortnight:

Another World We are Making

The London Korean Film Festival 2018 presents a very special series of screenings and events showcasing exemplary pieces of independent documentary filmmaking from Korea. Based around themes of social justice and political resistance, this unique documentary programme will see acclaimed directors Kim Dong Won and Song Yun-hyeok present their films across two weekends, joined by noted critic Nam In Young for a selection of panel discussions and in-depth conversations.


11 Aug SAT / Birkbeck Cinema

11:30am: A Slice Room

+ Conversation with Song Yun-hyeok and Nam In Young

1:30pm: Lunch Break - Korean dishes provided

2:30pm: The Sanggyedong Olympics + The Six Day Fight in Myeongdong Cathedral

+ Conversation with Kim Dong Won and Nam In Young

5pm-6pm: Drinks Reception - A selection of drinks, including Korean Soju, will be served

12 Aug SUN / Birkbeck Cinema

1:30pm: Repatriation

+ Conversation with Kim Dong Won and Chris Berry

4:45pm: Roundtable (Keynes Library)

Participants: Nam In Young, Kim Dong Won and Song Yun-hyeok

Moderator: Chris Berry

6:15pm-7:15pm: Drinks Reception - A selection of drinks, including Korean Soju, will be served

18 Aug SAT / KCC Theatre

3pm: Soseongri

+ Introduction

19 Aug SUN / KCC Theatre

3pm: Jung Il-woo, My Friend

+ Introduction


All events take place at Birkbeck Cinema (43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD) and the Korean Cultural Centre UK (1-3 Strand, WC2N 5BW)

Admission is free, but booking is required for each screening. To reserve your place, see the full list of events here.

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